Engage with WSU

There are many ways to engage with candidates and build brand at WSU. Use the strategies below to connect with Cougs today! Please contact employer@wsu.edu for questions regarding employer engagement inquiries.

Become a Coug Honored Partner: The Coug Honored Partner Program provides employers with additional services and visibility options to reach WSU students and alumni. Membership in this program also supports ASCC’s efforts to enhance and extend our student services, including providing ongoing educational programming, facilitating access to resources, and creating meaningful engagement with all WSU colleges. Click here to learn more about the Coug Honored Partner Program.

Career Fairs & Associated Events: The ASCC hosts an all-majors Career Expo each fall and spring to help students and employers connect. Additional WSU College-specific fairs will be listed on Handshake. If you wish to be added to any WSU Expo correspondence updates, please email employer@wsu.edu.

Engage with WSU Campus Partners: Connecting with key career and employer relations staff around campus is a great way to start building your brand at WSU.  Staff can help collaborate on info sessions, tabling, connecting with faculty, and college-specific events.  To learn more about our campus partners, visit our On Campus Interviews and Visits page.

Post a Job or Internship: The Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC) uses Handshake to share job postings for WSU students and alumni. Employers can use Handshake to connect with students, post jobs, manage applications, schedule campus visits, and join career fairs. For detailed instructions on setting up an employer account on Handshake, please watch this short video. To learn more about employer handshake features, click here.

Engage Student Organizations with Professional Development: Many student organizations are looking for professional development or employer-led workshops. Feel free to research, connect and engage with student organizations using the WSU presence page. Please note that communications and engagement are at the discretion of the student organization.

Host Professional Development/ Career Readiness Educational Sessions: Does your company have a robust professional development program? One way to draw students to the company is by offering career readiness programming webinars that could appeal to a wide variety of majors (for example, “How to Market Yourself Online In the Health Industry”). Please email us at employer@wsu.edu to connect with these types of opportunities and what topics you hope to share.

Host Virtual Meetups/ Coffee Chats:  Using Handshake, all approved employer partners can lead and plan their additional company engagement events (virtually or in-person). Many employers planning to visit campus will often reach out to candidates or student groups ahead of time and meet with them on-campus at coffee locations (or virtually) as part of their campus engagement plan.

Host Information Sessions: Connect with students, professors, and departments and boost your brand on campus by setting up (in-person or virtual) information sessions/presentations for all WSU students. Please email us at employer@wsu.edu to direct you to the appropriate resource. In addition, the employer can invite multiple universities to attend the same virtual session as long your team is approved by that institution (See Multi-University Handshake Event Disclaimer).

Connect WSU students Via Handshake messaging: Did you know Handshake allows employer partners to directly message a certain number of students every month? This is a great tool to encourage a promising candidate to apply or join an event you are hosting. Click here to learn how to send a student a message on Handshake, and here for a helpful article giving tips on how to design a recruiting message.

Develop an Internship Program: Students seek internships that allow them to build professional experience, test tentative career choices, receive mentoring, and make their academic studies more relevant. Check out our employer guide to internships for more information about starting an internship program at your organization. All internship opportunities must comply with the NACE and Department of Labor criteria. Listings must also comply with WSU Recruiting Guidelines. For access to our digital WSU Experiential Learning/Internship Employer Handbook, click here.

Sponsor a Trek:  Did you know student breaks are a great time to connect with potential candidates? In addition, working with a specific college or student organization might make this possibility more successful. Both Virtual and In-person treks are great ways to introduce future candidates to your company culture. Some students can visit west side companies during home visits when they are in the area.

Host On-Campus Interviews: Schedule interviews through Handshake or contact employer@wsu.edu. Our office in Lighty 160 offers 12 interview rooms for employer use between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Be flexible to in-person and virtual interviews to support candidates from all WSU campuses.

Recruit International Students:  Most international students are in the U.S. on non‐immigrant student visas (F‐1 and J‐1), and these international students are eligible to accept employment under certain conditions. Posting of international job and internship opportunities must follow all the policies and procedures listed in the WSU Recruiting Guidelines.

Some internship opportunities may be made available to students who are also participating in a Study Abroad or an Education Abroad experience. The Education Abroad office has formal affiliation agreements and partnerships with many agencies. Students who travel under any affiliation agreement – including education abroad or completing an internship abroad for academic credit – must register with the WSU/International Programs Travel Registry.